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Date: 2/28/14 11:27 AM

I received the Cuddle Charms - Animal Prints in the mail yesterday.
I wanted to make a shelter pet quilt with them.
Well! Not only do they produce so much lint that it's all over me and my sewing room, but I've never sewn with anything so difficult to manage. I cannot get them to sew straight even using a walking foot. I've ripped the first pair out three times and now I'm calling uncle.
I know people sew with this fabric.
How do you do it?

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Date: 2/28/14 11:56 AM

The first one I used was kind of shaggy and it looked like a fight in the hen house when I was done cutting.
I don't remember any real problems sewing it, maybe the nap is fighting the other, like velvet does. If you google sewing with minky, there are pages of helpful hints.

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Date: 2/28/14 6:43 PM

I hear Minkee is CRAZY to work with which is part of the reason I've never touched it. Apparently you're supposed to pin it heavily... but I've never worked with it so I can't tell you if it's that helpful.

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Date: 2/28/14 6:53 PM

Oh dear, I just ordered some Minkee to make some cozy lounge pants. Great. I had no idea it was a challenge.

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Date: 3/1/14 1:15 AM

I have made blankets and lined a sleeping bag with it, also made a puppy pillow (with big floppy ears). Seriously did not have problems with it. I did use a longer stitch and pinned closer than normal, but that's it.
You're right about lint everywhere - I took my cut pieces outside and shook them out - kept the mess to a minimum.

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Date: 3/1/14 6:20 AM

I made my daughter's new twins the self bound baby blankets, one layer cotton, one minkee. I ended up cutting 1" strips of sticky washaway stabilizer that I stuck along the cut edge of the minkee. It worked very well with a combination of lots of pins and IDT.

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Date: 3/1/14 10:37 AM

I made cheetah costumes for my two granddaughters out of furry minkee. I had to wear a face mask to keep from breathing in all the fibers that were around the room. The first costume was sewn on my sewing machine. What a mess. I had to take it in for servicing after that. I made the second one on the serger. Much better. The serger kept it under control and bound the edges where all the fibers were coming out. I would definitely recommend using a serger if you have one. Also, even though I washed the fabric ahead of time, my DIL says it is still shedding and she has to vacuum the house every day. Having said all that, the fabric makes a fabulous costume and the kids wear them all the time. I am told the shedding will stop eventually.

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Date: 3/1/14 11:32 AM

I've sewn with a lot of minky. I use a rotary cutter. After cutting I don't move the pieces. I vacuum all around the cut edges of the minky before I pick them up. Because I've done that there is hardly a bit of fuzz while sewing. I do keep one of those sticky lint rollers nearby though to catch any fuzz produced by clipping, etc. I use a serger on minky or if I use the sewing machine I use a non stick presser foot. I also use pins to hold the pieces together. Yes, it's a bit slippery but pinning holds it and I've never found it too difficult to work with. Minky is such a soft wonderful fabric that I don't mind taking the little bit of extra time to vacuum after cutting.

I should also add that all my grandchildren have blankets both at my house and their houses that I've made out of minky. These blankets are used! I've also made many articles of clothing with it. Never have I ever noticed shedding on a finished project made with minky. If it shred I know I would not love the fabric so much!






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Date: 3/1/14 11:36 AM

When I cut it, I held the rotary cutter in one hand and the vacuum cleaner close behind the cutter. Then when finished cutting, I took it outside wayyyyy in the back yard and shook the rest of the fuzzy off. That helped keep the fuzz at a minimum.

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Date: 3/1/14 12:58 PM

These are some great tips! Glad I saw this thread before I started on my project.

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